Curdin: Welcome to BOOKBRIDGE Foundation Board!

Curdin with Altaa, a former student at BOOKBRIDGE's first learning center in Arvaikheer, Mongolia
Curdin with Altaa, a former student at BOOKBRIDGE’s first learning center in Arvaikheer, Mongolia
Since October, Curdin Duschletta is member of BOOKBRIDGE’s foundation board. As we would like to introduce Curdin to you we talked to him about his commitment for BOOKBRIDGE.

Curdin, how come that you got engaged with BOOKBRIDGE?
Two years ago, when I started my job new job as head of Community Affairs & Foundations at UBS, BOOKBRIDGE was one of the projects of our annual employee donations program. I was planning a sabbatical in between the two jobs and wanted to go back to Asia. That´s how I’ve discovered BOOKBRIDGE.
I’ve spent a very inspiring time at the learning center in Angtasom, Cambodia, and had the chance to visit the then upcoming learning center in Tonloab and the one in Takeo. And I’ve met countless wonderful people and brought back home very fond memories. Back in Switzerland Carsten stayed in contact with me. It was also him who convinced me to attend the new CAS in Global Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Basel – which took me to Chinggis town in Mongolia (where I helped to set up a new learning center) and even closer to BOOKBRIDGE.

Tell us about your personal background.
I grew up in the Engadin, a valley high up in the Swiss mountains. I have been a scout during all my childhood and youth. After I started my career with a banking apprenticeship I’ve spent most of my professional life in the area of education – my topics are: learning, development, change, commitment, strategy and implementation. I have two wonderful teenage kids. I like to read a lot, try and play the guitar and love to discover new things.

Visiting a nomad family during the set-up of Chinggis learning center: Curdin (on the very right) with the team of GSE1 and Community Hero Ankhiluun Davaa (fourth from left with blue jacket)
Visiting a nomad family during the set-up of Chinggis learning center: Curdin (on the very right) with the team of GSE1 and Community Hero Ankhiluun Davaa (fourth from left with blue jacket)
What was your motivation to become board member of BOOKBRIDGE Foundation? What are your goals as board member?
BOOKBRIDGE’s vision, values, goals, its concept and the way it gets implemented inspires me. The combination of training leaders and setting up learning centers is truly powerful. And I like the entrepreneurial approach a lot. I’m happy to share my experience and knowledge in the area of education and business. Look, I’m a bookworm, a scout, a learning guy and a bridgebuilder (who could travel to both Cambodia and Mongolia thanks to BOOKBRIDGE) – can you think of a better organization than BOOKBRIDGE for me to engage myself in? I’m looking very much forward to contributing to BOOKBRIDGE’s continuous successful development. This way I hope that many many more people both in Europe as well as in Asia can make such valuable and impactful learning experiences and broaden their horizon – and do what they really are!

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